Hello, book lovers! 💕
I know we’re already halfway into January, but I thought I’d talk about my Reading Goals for 2021 today. Maybe by writing it all down will somehow hold me accountable for sticking to them. If nothing else, I hope to have a year full of reading and good books (one can only hope all the books I read are good). Even if I don’t manage to reach all my goals by the end of the year.
But anyway, I don’t have too many goals for this year, mainly because I suck at sticking to them and I don’t want to make reading into something that feels like work or something that’s stressful.
So without any further ado, let’s get onto my 2021 reading goals!
To think that I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for ten years. That’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. But I started doing that challenge back in 2011 (though I think I started late that year, which is why I only read 5 books).
So it goes without saying that one of my goals for 2021 is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal for this year at 65, since I was able to read more than that last year. But this is where I don’t want to put too much stress on myself to reach that goal. I know that some people don’t count comics or manga in that number, but I don’t think I would be able to reach that many books read if I didn’t. As long as Goodreads counts it as a book read, I’m counting it as a book read.
That’s my main goal for 2021, but I also have a couple other smaller goals that I want to achieve this year. Those include not how many books I read, but the types of books I read.
I’m always looking to read more diverse books, whether that’s a diverse author or main character. Or even setting where the book takes place. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading about the same character regurgitated into different books.
I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to the books that I’m reading. So that includes reading different genres than I’m used to. I tend to gravitate towards YA fiction and fantasy, and last year I began to branch out into Adult fiction, even some mystery/thriller books. I want to continue that journey. I want to read more books in genres that I have never or rarely read. The main ones being Adult fiction, Mystery/thriller, and Middle Grade.
Then there’s the goal of lowering my TBR and not buying as many books. I put this as a goal of mine every year, but I never seem to stick to it. While my TBR isn’t nearly as long as some people’s, it’s still longer than I would like. But I keep adding books to it because books keep coming out or I keep discovering new books that I want to read. It’s a never ending cycle, so I don’t think that goal is ever truly obtainable.
As for not buying as many books, well that’s something I’ve always struggled with. And I am trying not to buy as many, mainly because I’m running out of physical space in my room to store so many books. But I still buy ebooks, so I can’t really win. I know I could be using the library (and I do sometimes), but with the pandemic, I’m not comfortable borrowing physical books. I do borrow audiobooks and ebooks sometimes though.
So there you have it. Those are my 2021 Reading Goals. I’m already on track for my Goodreads goal as well as reading diverse books as of right now. Hopefully I can keep it up as the months go on.
What are some goals you have for this year? Are you good at sticking to your reading goals? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
I originally saw this tag on Zezee with Books‘ blog, and though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I decided it was a pretty fun tag that I could do. As they mentioned on their post, the creator of this tag is unknown, so if you have any ideas of who created it, I’d love to know!
So without further ado, let’s get onto the tag!
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I typically read on my bed in my room, though sometimes I do read on the couch if no one is home. Otherwise, it’s too loud and distracting to be able to get any reading done.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I prefer to stop reading after I finish a chapter, but that doesn’t always happen. So I’ve gotten used to stopping in the middle of a chapter. Though I do try to at least finish the page I’m on so I don’t stop in the middle of the page.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I have an unhealthy obsession with bookmarks. I have way too many, and I have ones for certain occasions, like Halloween. But if I start a book and I don’t have a bookmark on me, I’ll use anything I can find in order to save my place, most likely a napkin or tissue.
Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Sometimes I can listen to music while reading. I used to do that a lot when I was in high school. But now if I have any noise while reading, I get distracted. So the only type of music I listen to while reading is instrumental. It’s a good way of blocking out any other noises that I might hear around my house (like the TV in the other rooms or my family talking too loud).
Do you eat or drink while reading?
I keep a water bottle with me at all times because you gotta stay hydrated. And sometimes I’ll snack while I read. Though most of the time, I finish the snack before I open my book because I don’t want to get the book dirty or I’m too focused on what I’m eating in order to do both at the same time.
Reading at home or everywhere?
I pretty much bring a book with me everywhere, though that doesn’t mean I actually read it.
One book at a time or several at once?
Ahhhh this is something that I’ve been struggling with lately. I typically read only one book at a time, but lately I’ve been reading at the most two at a time. I don’t know why it’s been happening, and it’s never been something that I did before. But then again, one book is a physical book and the other is an audiobook. So I read them both at different times during the day.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I definitely read silently in my head. As I mentioned, I don’t like much noise while I’m reading, and I think if I were to read out loud, I’d be distracted and slowed down.
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
In the most ideal situations, I like my books to be as close to new as possible. But that being said, if the spine breaks or the cover gets bent, it’s not the end of the world for me. As long as the book is still legible, I’m happy. Plus, at least for paperbacks, I think a book that looks a little worn makes it look loved.
Do you write in your books?
I don’t, unless it’s a textbook for a class. For some reason, those types of books are the only ones I feel comfortable writing in.
Who do you tag?
Anyone who sees this and wants to do the tag.